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Bad Bills Are Like Bad Relationships: We Don’t Need a Break – We Need a Break-Up

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Sometimes It’s
Better to Just Move On

Just about all of us have been there. Dating someone – and it isn’t working. You don’t get along. The person doesn’t give you what you want. You aren’t happy.

You each try to change the person, hoping a tweak here or there will suddenly, magically make it work. It doesn’t.

You’re friends don’t like the person. Heck – THEIR friends don’t think you two are right for each other. They all flood you with advice. For most of which you didn’t ask – but the sheer numbers and volume force you to listen.

But their good counsel – and intentions – only make you more steadfastly stand by him/her. All mounting evidence to the contrary notwithstanding.

Things between the two of you continue to be terrible – and deteriorate. So you decide to take a break – get away from each other. And you plan to check back later to see if either or both of you have miraculously become different people – that now work together.

You reconvene – and (shocker) nothing’s changed. Things are still just as miserable.

Finally, you realize your friends – and his/her friends – are right. That they are all only trying to help. That it’s a bad deal – and you now know that the sooner you break away, the better everything will be.

So you end it. Hey – it happens. A lot. More

Really Terrible Ideas Do In Fact Generate Bipartisanship. See: Obama, President Barack

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Chimeras, Unicorns – Bipartisanship. And Then Came Obama

Ahhh…bipartisanship. The unicorn of Washington, D.C. So many Ponce de Leons seek this Fountain of Youth. Like de Leon, most finally give up – and just retire in Florida.

Congressional gerrymandering has rendered so many districts so very partisan. And then we wonder why a 72% Republican-district-representative and a 78% Democrat-district-representative can’t find common ground.

About the only time there is bipartisanship is when an idea is so terrible, it criss-crosses the aisle. Enter the Barack Obama Administration.

We have said since the Administration’s inception that if you’re looking for bipartisanship – look on the other side of whatever position the President is pushing. This President is the king of strident partisan-only support.

There was bipartisan opposition to ObamaCare. And there has been bipartisan opposition to this President just about all the way through – up to and including members of both Parties being highly skeptical of the just announced Iran capitulation deal. More

Democrats Want Big Government Crony Socialism – Why Are Some Republicans Giving It to Them?

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They Ain’t Great

Look, we get why Democrats want to use the giant-ness of the federal government to punish their enemies and reward their friends. Crony Socialism is in their ideological DNA. And they grow government as huge as possible – to then have the largest possible weapon to wield.

But why would Republicans help them with any of this? They are (allegedly) the Less Government Party. The side representing the Little Guys against the Bigs – Big Government and Big Cronyism. As the late, inordinately great Ronald Reagan observed:

You can’t be for big government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy.

But more and more Republicans look less and less like what they pledge to be. More

A Bad Bill + Crony Socialism = An Even Worse Bill

It’s Common Core math for government

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Adding More Government to Big Government Equals…

The Barack Obama Administration is – even more than any of its predecessors – the Crony Socialism Administration.

No prior presidency has used and abused government to do more for its friends – and more to its friends’ competitors – than has this one.

When Private Companies Beg for Government Favors – It’s Crony Socialism

Crony Socialism: When Private Sector Losers Turn to Big Government

Solyndra, General Motors and Wall Street: Obama Crony Socialism on Parade

Green Scam: 80% of Green Energy Loans Went to Obama Donors 

General Motors: Another Crony Socialist Welfare Office

‘Most Transparent Ever?’ Behold the FCC’s Secret, Crony Socialist Meetings

More Crony Socialism from the Obama Administration?

The default answer to that last question is “But of course.” More

With Just About All Things Government, Less is More – and Better

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It Translates Well

Government is just another organism. Just like any other other organism, its first priority is self-preservation. Its second – is to grow. The most it possibly can. It wants to be bigger, do more – control more.

There are more than four million humans who work in just the federal government. Most of them see preserving and growing government as in their interest. And see those who want Less Government as the enemy.

(As just one recent example, see: the Internal Revenue Service [IRS] assaults on conservative non-profit groups.)

The allure of the More Government mantra is strong – too strong for most of the humans who join the Borg. Even for many of the allegedly Less Government Republican Party – they too too often succumb to More Government’s siren song.

So it sadly is with Virginia Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte – and his attempts at patent “reform.” His alleged “fix” – the Innovation Act – is a enormous government hammer. Created to swat – a gnat. More

Goldilocks and the Four Bills – In Washington D.C., In Search of ‘Just Right’

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In Washington, Sometimes There Can Actually Be a Happy Ending

We (almost) all know the fairy tale.

Goldilocks breaks into the Three Bears’ house. She tries their food and their furniture. Some were too hot and too hard – some too cold and too soft. She was on a mission of sorts – looking for the things that were “Just right.”

This is Washington D.C. – just as anti-Reality as any fairy tale. But with an incessantly overreaching, $4-trillion-a-year government – rarely are things too soft.

Government is a huge, unwieldy hammer – it over-slams just about everything at which it takes aim. Goldilocks’ perpetual assessment – “Too hard.”

But occasionally – and it’s very occasional – government gets it right.

There are currently four patent “reform” bills being considered by Congress. Patents are a way innovators protect their ideas – which is how we as a society protect our continued economic viability. If people who invent cool stuff can’t protect their cool stuff from thieves – they’ll stop inventing cool stuff. More

Free Trade: Less Government Everywhere Means Cheaper Stuff Here (and Everywhere)

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Yet Again in the Way

More government means more expensive everything. Every second and penny spent paying government taxes and complying with government regulations – raises the prices of the goods and services people proffer.

And more government makes it more difficult to innovate – to create and improve goods and services. Innovation is delayed or outright prevented – because the time and money wasted on government could be much better spent developing the next great things.

More government also inflates the prices of everything trade. It ain’t free trade – if governments are involved.

Trade Wars” actually aren’t about trade – they are about government trade policy.

If peoples are trading freely, there isn’t a “War” – there’s commerce. The “Wars” only happen when governments get involved – placing tariffs, regulations and subsidies in the way of the flow.

It becomes a regulatory arms race. A government imposes another subsidy or tax. So several others in response impose new subsidies and taxes of their own. Lather, rinse, repeat.

A horrendous example of government policy Trade Wars – is all things farm. More

Worse Than Government-Caused Uncertainty? Certainty the Government is Against You

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgWithout investment, everything economic collapses. Stasis is death. We must constantly create and innovate to move forward our massive $14-trillion-per-year economy. That takes lots and lots and LOTS of speculative capital.

Without certain certainties, investment collapses. If investors don’t have any reasonable idea what’s going to happen in a market – they won’t invest in that market.

That is not to say guarantees. Investing is – in the best of circumstances – extraordinarily risky. Investors know this. They are risk takers by nature – thank God. Without them, their copious coin – and their intestinal fortitude – everything economic collapses. More

Google Tacitly Admits Stealing Is a Lousy Thing to Do

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To Replace ‘Don’t Be Evil’ As the Google Slogan

The titanically huge mega-corporation Google yesterday took time out from its record-setting-most-money-ever lobbying of Congress to admit – accidentally, perhaps – that the systemic, wholesale stealing of which it is so fond is a lousy thing to do.

Which is more than a little ironic – in many, many ways. For instance, Google has ramped up further still their massive lobbying efforts – in large part to get a law passed that would make it much easier for them to steal the very thing they now admit they shouldn’t be stealing.

The items being stolen – are patents. The bill Google wants passed is the Through-the-Looking-Glass-misnamed Innovation Act – which would strip mine the ability of patent holders to defend themselves against people stealing their stuff. Like Google.

So when Google published this yesterday, it certainly seemed strange. More

Constitutional Private Property Rights Trump Legislation Written to Appease Donors

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Another Stellar Example of Bipartisanship

Private property rights are a fundamental component of any successful economy. If you want a nation to prosper – property must be safe in its owners’ hands.

Intellectual Property (IP) shouldn’t be treated any differently than physical property. In fact, in most instances – in many ways – IP is far more important.

The spark of creation that is, for instance, the Microsoft Windows operations program – the Intellectual Property – is exponentially more valuable than each and every one of the millions of physical copies burned to disc for sale in stores.

But IP is bizarrely viewed by many as somehow different – less than. People who would never have stolen a compact disc from Tower Records have no compunction downloading-without-paying that same album.

And as music theft site Napster first broadly demonstrated – continuing technological advances make IP theft ever-easier. Despite what Hillary Clinton recently asserted – Secret Service agents standing guard on a server isn’t an effective way to protect its contents. More